Jodi Arias Stuck in Limbo: Jury Split on Sentence
Now a new jury must be selected
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 24, 2013 4:42 AM CDT
Virginia Aguiar, right, comforts Tiffany Sarmient as she cries in frustration after it was announced the jury was deadlocked.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – First Jodi Arias said she wanted the death penalty; then, she made a long case against it. Now, it seems, the jury can't make up its mind either: It split 8-4 in favor of the death penalty. That left the judge to declare a mistrial, with another effort set for July 18 before a new jury. The decision—or lack thereof—left Arias looking surprised, with a "half-smile," according to the Arizona Republic. The family of victim Travis Alexander, meanwhile, appeared devastated; his sisters were in tears.

"The Court has set a status conference for June 20 and we will proceed with the intent to retry the penalty phase" of the trial, said the county attorney's office in a statement. The conviction will remain. It was a bizarre, quiet ending for a trial that held the country's eyes and ears and drew crowds to the courthouse, the Republic notes. Now, "finding 12 honest jurors—by which I mean they have not got a hidden agenda and they want to get on the jury to set things right—is going to be hard. Even my 8-year-old had an opinion," notes a lawyer formerly involved in the case.

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May 25, 2013 7:35 PM CDT
I still can't make up my mind. First, I think the death penalty, just to see the look on her face, when she realizes nobody bought the big helping of BS. Then, I think life without the possibility of parole, but it also has to be in solitary, and no more interviews, EVER!. Being alone, in a tiny cell, without being able to spew fairy tales to anyone, and not being able to hold court with the press would be the best penalty for ego maniac Jodi. Though I still think the jury should have stayed at it until they got a real verdict. What they did is absolutely terrible for the Alexander family.
May 24, 2013 6:02 PM CDT
I'm sick of Jodi Arias and the media needs to stop coverage. I'm also sick of juries who can't seem to do the right thing. Death penalty was always on the table, if they couldn't choose it, they should have been booted off the jury. None of the mitigating factors were good enough to spare her life. No one is asking the jury to inject the death chemical, all they had to do was authorize the justice system to do it 20 years from now.
May 24, 2013 1:36 PM CDT
For those of you with bloodlust, please understand - spending the rest of your life in a tiny box surrounded by other equally horrible people is a far greater punitive sentence. And even if you have a more balance look on the death penalty, killing lover in the heat of the moment does not warrant such a violent response from a civilized society.